1979 Ford Mustang

Enter the Fox Body Mustang. 1979 would start a whole new era of the Ford Mustang, bring life back to the Mustang name that had previously seen one of the lowest performance Mustangs in it’s history and bring stability to the Mustang as the Fox Body platform will continue to be used for the next 25 years until the S197 platform comes out on the 2005 Mustang. 1979 would prove to be a big improvement over 1978 as Mustang sales surpassed 1978 by over 150,000 Mustangs. A total of 369,936 Mustangs were produced in 1979. It is true that this mustang shared the FOX platform with the Fairmont and Zephyr, but few realize that the Fairmont and Zephyr platforms were designed and introduced in 1978 with the third-generation Mustang in mind. During the 1979 Mustang model run there were only 47,568 built with the 5.0, and most of these, sad to say, are gone.

A special run of 10,478 Indy pace car Mustangs were assembled to commemorate the specially prepared Mustang chosen to lead the pack at the Indy 500. Although the actual pace cars (of which three were built) were all powered by higher-output-than-stock 5.0 V-8s, the replicas could be had either with a 132hp 2.3 turbocharged four-cylinder or a 140hp 5.0 V-8 with a two-barrel carburetor. 

1979 Mustang Production Numbers with VIN Code

  • 66B – Coupe: Standard – 156,666 
  • 61R – Ghia Coupe: Standard – 56,351 
  • 66H – Hatchback: Standard – 120,535
  • 61H – Ghia Hatchback: Standard – 36,384

1979 Mustang Engine Options

  • 2.3L – 2V – I-4 – 88HP
  • 2.3L – 2V – I-4 – 132HP
  • 2.8L – 2V – V-6 – 109HP
  • 3.3L – 1V – I-6 – 85HP
  • 5.0L – 2V – V-8 – 140HP

1979 Mustang Color Options with Color Codes

  • Black
  • Bright Blue – 3J
  • Bright Red
  • Bright Yellow – 64
  • Dark Jade Metallic – 46
  • Light Chamois – 83
  • Light Medium Blue – 3F
  • Medium Blue Glow – 3H
  • Medium Chestnut Metallic – 5M
  • Medium Gray Metallic – 1P
  • Medium Vaquero Gold – 5W
  • Polar White – 9D
  • Red Glow
  • Silver Metallic 
  • Tangerine – 85

1979 Mustang Tu-Tone Exterior Color Combinations

  • Any/Black – __/1C
  • Silver Metallic/Medium Grey – 1G/1P
  • Light Medium Blue/Brigh Blue – 3F/3J


1979 Mustang Inter Trim Color Options with Color Codes

  • Black – A
  • Red – D
  • Wedgewood Blue – B
  • Chamois – T
  • White/Red – N
  • White/Black – W
  • White/Blue – Q

1979 Mustang Engine with Codes

  • 2.3L 2V 4cyl. 88hp – Y
  • 2.3L 2V 4cyl. 132hp – W (Turbo charged)
  • 2.8L 2V 6cyl. 109hp – Z
  • 3.3L 1V 6cyl. 85hp – T
  • 5.0L 2V 8cyl. 140hp – F

1979 Mustang VIN Breakdown

  • 9 – Last Digit of Model Year
  • F – Assembly Plant (F-dearborn, R – San Jose)
  • 02 – Body Code (02 – 2 door Sedan, 03 – 3 door hatchback, 04 – 2 door Ghia, 05- 3 door Ghia)
  • Y – Engine Code
  • 100001 – Vehicle production unit number       Example:  9F02Y100001 


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